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Caribbean records second highest on record for visitor arrivals in 2018

  BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 13, CMC – Tourist arrivals to the Caribbean hit a record high last year despite some destinations being severely impacted by hurricanes that swept through the region in 2017, according to figures released here Wednesday by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO). “With a strong performance during the last four months of 2018, including a robust ...

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Taiwan provides funding for smart classroom project in St. Lucia

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 13, CMC – Taiwan is providing EC$2.5 million (one EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) towards a project aimed at the retrofitting of existing classrooms to become smart classrooms, reflecting the integration of information and communications technologies into the education system in St. Lucia. “This cheque means that we can move from policy to action. We have started some ...

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Gabriel slapped with four-match ODI ban over Root incident

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 13, CMC – West Indies speedster Shannon Gabriel has been controversially slapped with a four-match One-Day International ban by cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, after being found guilty of player abuse. The 30-year-old Gabriel was also hit with a 75 per cent fine and three demerit points for the incident, which took place during ...

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Monument fitting for ‘Mindoo’ Phillip, says Chastanet (+photo gallery)

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has described as “truly fitting” a monument to Francis ‘Mindoo’ Phillip, who is regarded as Saint Lucia’s greatest Saint Lucian sportsman of his time. Last week, the prime minister joined in celebrating Phillip and commemorating a monument in his honour. “There were solemn moments as well as laughter when recollections of his life were ...

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St. Lucians arrested in major arms and drug trafficking ring

(SNO) — At least nine people, including nationals of Saint Lucia and Martinique, have been arrested in connection with a large firearms and drug trafficking ring, according to media reports. Police said after 10 months of investigation, a large trafficking of arms and drugs from Venezuela was dismantled by the Central Office for the Suppression of Illegal Traffic in Narcotics (OCRTIS). ...

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Gov’t committed to having Saint Lucians “feel the change” of unemployment decline

(SNO) — Buoyed by statistics which show unemployment levels dropped in Saint Lucia in the last quarter of 2018, the government said it is committed to having the ordinary person on the streets feel the change. Nicole McDonald, senior communications officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said statistics also showed that the Saint Lucian economy rose by three ...

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Scotiabank agrees to pay out merit increases, NWU says

(PRESS RELEASE) — The management of the Bank of Nova Scotia has agreed to pay out merit Increases to its employees of all its operational units. For months, the National Workers Union (NWU), the bargaining agent for the employees, made the request but it would appear that the demand fell on deaf ears. However, regional executives from Scotiabank flew in ...

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Saint Lucia’s Chrissy Gabriel shares details of her inspiring journey to Netflix

(PRESS RELEASE) — The editors of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Authority’s (SLHTA) annually published magazine, La Belle Helene, only select the most eye-catching images for the publication’s cover. The idea is to capture and display the essence of Saint Lucia’s culture and beauty. Last year, when the organization’s Board of Directors curated, from their archive, a group of ...

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Saint Lucia in discussions with EU on foreign-investor tax regime

(SNO) — With Saint Lucia under pressure from the European Union (EU) to amend or abolish a regime which gives foreign companies and their employees certain tax exemptions, the Allen Chastanet-led government is said to be in discussion with the organization on the matter. Nicole McDonald, senior communication officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said the island stands by ...

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Man suspected of committing suicide in Agard appeared “depressed” sometimes, residents say

(SNO) — Police are investigating the suspected suicide of Agard resident James Antoine. Reports are that Antoine, a middle-aged father of four, originally from Millet, was found hanging from a tree at his residence around 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. Residents, speaking on condition of anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online that Antoine showed signs of depression following release ...

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Missing Bocage resident found alive!

(SNO) — Members of one Eugene family are rejoicing after their relative, 87-year-old Bocage resident Ignatius Eugene, who had been missing since Sunday, was found Tuesday night — alive. The senior citizen, also known as Mr. Son, went missing in the wee hours of Sunday, February 10. Relatives told our newsroom that he was discovered by a young man around ...

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Windies cricketer Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC over ‘homophobic’ comment to Joe Root

(SKY NEWS) — West Indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel has been charged by the international cricketing body over an “inappropriate comment” to England captain Joe Root. Root was overheard saying “there’s nothing wrong with being gay” as he reacted to something that Gabriel said which was not picked up by microphones in the on-field incident on day three of the third ...

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Elderly Bocage resident still missing

(SNO) — A search is still underway for a missing 87-year-old male resident of Bocage, Castries. Relatives said Ignatius Eugene, also known as Mr. Son, was last seen about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at his residence, wearing a blue and white striped top and army-green pants. They say he suffers from dementia — a broad category of brain diseases ...

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Snakes in Forestiere were “disturbed”

(SNO) — In recent times, several video clips have surfaced on social media in Saint Lucia, showing people in contact with boa constrictor snakes. As a result, members of the public have expressed concern that snakes appear to be leaving their natural habitats and moving closer to people’s homes. Even local wildlife experts have weighed in on the debate, saying ...

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Post-mortem reveals Bob Hathaway’s cause of death as case goes cold

(SNO) – Exactly one month after his death, police have yet to formally arrest and charge anyone in connection with the murder of British national and longtime resident, Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway. The lifeless body of the businessman was discovered with “apparent wounds” at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, a police press release stated. A post-mortem has since confirmed that ...

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Chase fifty does little to halt England dominance

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 12, CMC – Roston Chase’s second half-century of the series and eighth of his career did nothing to hamper England’s dominant march towards a comprehensive win on penultimate day of the third and final Test here Tuesday. The right-handed Chase was unbeaten on 53 as West Indies, set an improbable 485 for victory, stumbled to ...

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CARICOM reiterates call for peaceful solution to Venezuela crisis

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Monday reiterated the need for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela even as they said they continue to follow closely “the unsatisfactory and increasingly volatile situation” in the South American country, reiterating their position of a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of Caracas.. “It is ...

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Former St. Lucia PM to deliver Maurice Bishop lecture in Grenada

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb 12, CMC – Former St. Lucia prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony will deliver the fourth annual March 13th lecture as Grenada prepares to observe the 40th anniversary of the 1979 coup that brought the left-wing Maurice Bishop People’s revolutionary Government (PRG) into office next month. A broad-based Grenada Revolution Celebration Committee has been established to spearhead ...

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“He wanted the car and the baby” — Agard victim speaks out, criticizes police, 911 response

(SNO) — A woman who whose family, including her eight-month-old baby, was attacked by a young man on Monday morning, has criticised the police response to the incident. The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, only identifying her family as “Mr and Mrs. Wilson”, told St. Lucia News Online that the attack occurred around 6:30 a.m. Monday outside her ...

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UPDATED: Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty in US

(BBC) — Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been found guilty on all 10 counts at his drug trafficking trial at a federal court in New York. Guzmán, 61, has yet to be sentenced but the verdict could mean life in jail. The Mexican was accused of being behind the all-powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was ...

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Suspected suicide in Castries community

(SNO) — Police are investigating the death of a male individual in the Agard/Morne Du Don area, Castries, according to sources. Details are sketchy at this time, but according to sources, the individual was found hanging. Investigators are treating his death as a suspected suicide until the post-mortem, sources say. His body was discovered early Monday morning. The deceased is ...

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Guy Joseph acting PM while Chastanet attends meetings in Washington

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs, Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet, is presently out of state until February 17, 2019. He will be attending a series of regional and international meetings in Washington, D.C. In his absence, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Honourable Guy Joseph, ...

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Police seeking public’s assistance with homicide #4

(SNO) — Police are calling on the public to assist them with the islands latest homicide, the killing of businessman Syria national and Saint Lucia resident, Souheil Wassouf, in Jacmel/Anse La Raye on Monday. In a release on Tuesday, police said anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the nearest police station, the Major Crime Unit at ...

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Syrian national Souheil Wassouf was killed “execution-style” in Jacmel/Anse La Raye: Source

(SNO) — A senior law enforcement source believe that the island’s latest homicide victim, 49-year-old Souheil Wassouf, was not the victim of a robbery. Wassouf, originally from Homs, Syria, but resided at Rodney Heights, Gros Islet, was fatally shot in Jacmel, Anse La Raye on Monday afternoon. “To me that was an execution-style killing,” the source said. The source added ...

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Root hundred leaves Windies facing record chase

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 11, CMC – Captain Joe Root’s 16th Test hundred helped starve West Indies of meaningful success as England extended their lead to well over 400, to take a stranglehold on the final Test at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground here Monday. On a rare day of toil in the three-Test series, the hosts managed just ...

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Video of ‘suspect’ in Morne Du Don incident goes viral

(SNO) — A young male was reportedly apprehended by residents of Morne Du Don, Castries on Monday morning after he allegedly tried to enter a vehicle with a woman and her baby, according to reports. A video of the suspect tied up in the tray of a pickup truck has gone viral. According to information received, the woman screamed after ...

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Politically Incorrect discontinued

(SNO) — Another talk show in Saint Lucia bites the dust. Politically Incorrect, hosted by Christopher Hunte on Choice TV, has been discontinued by the company. In a message posted on its website on Monday, the television station’s parent company, Mediazone Productions Inc., said they decided to discontinue production of the show after a “most recent review”, and thanked Hunte ...

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Syrian national gunned down in Jacmel was “my loyal customer”

(SNO) – A Syrian national who was gunned down in Jacmel Monday afternoon has been described as a loyal customer. Reports are that the foreign national, whose name has not been disclosed, was selling items from a vehicle when he was shot. The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Videos of the aftermath of the shooting has appeared on Facebook and ...

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Video showing aftermath of Jacmel shooting surfaces on social media

(SNO) — A man who was gunned down in Jacmel Monday afternoon has been confirmed to be a Syrian national, according to law enforcement sources. The shooting occurred around 2 p.m. A video of the aftermath of the victim is circulating on social media. The victim was motionless and unresponsive when law enforcement and emergency officials arrived on the scene. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Jacmel

(SNO) — Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in Jacmel on Monday. Reports are that the victim, a male, was shot minutes after 2 p.m. In a video posted on social media, the victim appears to be motionless on the ground, beside a vehicle, as a police officer, armed with a gun, uses yellow tape to cordon off ...

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344-bed hospital in Scotland took two-and-a-half years to build, completed on time and within budget

(BBC) — A new multi-million pound general hospital has opened in Dumfries. The transfer of patients, staff and medical services into the facility is expected to take three days to complete. Two specials command and control centres are being used to help to co-ordinate the switch. Chief executive Jeff Ace said the move would be managed as if dealing with ...

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Gov’t ministry recognizes Council workers (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — To augment the public facility maintenance efforts of the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government (MOST), six Local Government Council employees successfully completed a plumbing skills maintenance programme at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. At a ceremony on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 the Council workers were handed certificates to ...

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15 Saint Lucians to benefit from India scholarships

(SNO) — Fifteen Saint Lucians will benefit from scholarships courtesy of the government of Indian this financial year, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced. Last Thursday, the prime minister welcomed the new non-resident Indian High Commissioner to Saint Lucia, Mahender Singh Kanyal. He said the two met and discussed a range of issues of mutual interest including providing assistance with ...

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IMF prepares to assist region develop international financial sector

ROSEAU, Dominica, Feb 11, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is prepared to intercede with European institutions as Caribbean countries continue to be critical of the international community in shifting the goalposts as it relates to the development of the international financial sector. Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit had last month blasted the international community over its ...

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EU puts Saint Lucia on notice

(SNO) — The European Union (EU) has written to the Allen Chastanet-led government that it should abolish a tax preferential regime for foreign companies working here, by December 31, 2019, or the island could be placed on the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions. The regime, which gives foreign companies and their employees certain tax exemptions, was described as harmful by ...

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VIDEO: More large snakes discovered in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Another reptile-discovery video has appeared on social media in Saint Lucia. This time around, two large snakes — boa constrictors — are seen in the video. Apparently a third snake — a smaller one — was spotted, according to the conversation among the persons in the video. St. Lucia News Online was told that three snakes were found ...

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Saint Lucian artistes to be featured at Independence 40 celebrations in New York City

(PRESS RELEASE) – As part of activities in the diaspora to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Saint Lucia’s independence, calypso legend Papa Vader will headline a roster of major Saint Lucian musical acts at the “Soaring to New Heights” celebration, scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 9 p.m. at Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Organized by the ...

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Uncover St. Lucia: Cross Country Independence Hike takes place later this month

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Friday, February 22, 2019, Eco Adventures St. Lucia Tours, in collaboration with BelleCarib, will be hosting the annual Cross Country Independence Hike. The theme for this year’s hike is “Uncover St. Lucia”. Join fellow hikers, nature lovers and fun-seekers from all across the island in uncovering our beautiful island! Explore unbeaten paths and take in amazing ...

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Fuel price adjustments

(PRESS RELEASE) — Thepublic is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail price of LPG 20 and 22 lb cylinders, gasoline and diesel remains unchanged. The prices of LPG 100 lb cylinder and kerosene have been changed. The price changes take effect from Monday ...

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US shutdown talks stall ahead of deadline

(BBC) — Talks between congressional Republicans and Democrats aimed at averting another US government shutdown have broken down without agreement. The negotiators were hoping for a deal by Monday to give Congress time to pass legislation by Friday, when last month’s federal funding deal runs out. The disagreement centres on President Donald Trump’s insistence on a bill that funds a ...

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Two lucky St. Lucians win Super 6 lotto jackpots

(PRESS RELEASE) — The year has started off in high gear for St. Lucia National Lottery (SNL) and most certainly for gamers. Two lucky gamers experienced a life-changing experience in January after playing Super 6: Victorin Weekes and Viventian Stephen are the latest winners of Super 6 jackpots. Weekes, who won $480,000 on Friday, January 18, 2019, appeared very calm ...

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Wood and Ali wreck Windies, put England in firm command

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 10, CMC – England have taken complete control of the third Test against the West Indies at the end of the second day’s play, thanks mainly to the bowling exploits of speedster Mark Wood and spinner Moeen Ali. On a day which saw 16 wickets falling, England was able to establish a healthy first innings ...

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Regional body optimistic about 2019 tourism forecast

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Feb 10, CMC – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has shared the region’s optimistic 2019 tourism forecast of positive growth bolstered by increased airlift, improved sales, ongoing investments in hotel upgrades and refurbishments, and new properties coming on stream. Speaking at the recent conclusion of CHTA’s 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, here, Frank Comito, CHTA’s ...

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ECSL presents best of Saint Lucia for Independence 40

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at an Independence 40 press briefing held at the studio of the Government Information Service (GIS), Hewanorra House Point Seraphine, Marketing and Sponsorship Officer of Events Company of St. Lucia Inc. (ECSL) Miss Leila Williams addressed the gathering which comprised officials of the Independence 40 Planning Committee, organizations and individuals participating in activities ...

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Chastanet wants more Saint Lucians to benefit from tourism sector

CASTRIES, St Lucia Feb. 10, CMC – The government of St Lucia wants more citizens to benefit from the Island’s main foreign exchange earner – tourism. “We are on a mission to ensure that more St. Lucians can benefit from our record breaking performances in tourism,” said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet in a post on his official Facebook page. The ...

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Castries South East representative wins first ever Mr. Independence crown

(SNO) — Castries South East represented Jamieson Edward was crowned Mr. Independence 2019 on Saturday night at the National Cultural Center, Barnard Hill, Castries. Deshawn Agustin from Vieux Fort was first runner-up and Treasure Actille from Castries North was second runner-up. The first ever Mr. Independence Youth Development Pageant forms part of the calendar of events as the island celebrates its ...

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Digicel says new fibre optic cable system will change the way St. Lucians work, play, learn and live

(PRESS RELEASE) — Digicel, your total communications and entertainment provider in the Caribbean, is today pledging to the government and every business in Saint Lucia: the new fibre optic cable system (currently under construction) will be a total game changer. CEO of Digicel St. Lucia, Siobhan James-Alexander, said: “Digicel Fibre will change the way we work, play, learn and live ...

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Roach’s superb burst limits England

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 10, CMC – Fast bowler Kemar Roach ripped through England’s lower order to help restrict the visitors’ first innings total in the opening session of the second day in the third and final Test at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium here Sunday. Roach snared four of the final six wickets to fall, as England, resuming ...

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CARICOM chairman says Montevideo Mechanism is best option to end political situation in Venezuela

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Feb 9, CMC – The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris says the Montevideo Mechanism adopted in Uruguay earlier this week presents “the only objective mechanism” to address the complex political situation in Venezuela. Harris, who is also the Prime Minister of St. Kitts-Nevis, led a CARICOM delegation to Uruguay for talks ...

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‘Newsspin’ to be replaced by new show

(SNO) — Tamara Gibson, managing director of Radio Caribbean 1982 Limited, has disclosed that its popular midday talk show ‘Newsspin’, on Radio Caribbean Internatioal (RCI), is no more. Also out is its host Early Huntley, the former St. Lucian diplomat. He had replaced long-time host Timothy Poleon who was fired recently over alleged conflict of interest. Poleon will start a ...

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UPDATED: Buttler, Stokes fifties quench early Windies fire

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 9, CMC – West Indies lost the plot in the final session, allowing Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes to cash in with unbeaten half-centuries, as England made a strong finish to day one of the final Test here Saturday. The hosts, having already secured the coveted Wisden Trophy with crushing wins in the first two Tests, ...

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Cause of Micoud man’s death revealed

(SNO) — A post-mortem on the body of 53-year-old Martin Charlery, who was found dead near a coal pit in Anse Ger, Micoud last month, has ruled out foul play, according to law enforcement officials. Charlery had been reported missing for several days and his partly decomposed body was discovered around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the ...

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Root falls as England stumble to tea

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 9, CMC – West Indies snared three England wickets including that of captain Joe Root’s, to keep their noses in front at tea on the opening day of the third and final Test here Saturday. At tea at the Darren Sammy National Stadium, England were attempting to rebuild on 114 for four, with Jos Buttler ...

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Outgoing ambassador visits Pierre to discuss situation in Venezuela

(SNO) — Leader of the parliamentary opposition and the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Philip J. Pierre, has said the party is “very concerned” about the situation in Venezuela but it hasn’t changed its stance on the political and economic crisis in the South American country. Pierre said the SLP is against direct foreign intervention and the appointment of an ...

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VIDEO: “NOT ANYMORE!” – Timothy Poleon releases clip promoting new talk show on Real FM

(SNO) — Local journalist Timothy Poleon has released a 12-second video promoting his new talk show on Real FM radio. The video starts with U.S. President Donald Trump saying “you’re fired” followed by Poleon saying “not anymore!” It was revealed on Friday by Real FM/MBC TV that Poleon’s new talk show will begin on Monday, February 11, from 12:30 p.m. ...

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Mindoo Phillip Monument dedication takes place today

(PRESS RELEASE) — A dedication of the Mindoo Phillip Monument and hand-over ceremony of the monument to the Castries Constituency Council will take place at the Mindoo Phillip Park at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The activity coincides with events for the observance of Saint Lucia’s 40th independence anniversary. Officials of the West Indies Cricket Board of Control, ...

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Mother-to-child HIV transmission in the Caribbean eliminated: official

(BARBADOS NATION) — The Caribbean has moved from having the second highest rate of HIV transmission from mother to child to being certified transmission-free. Pan-American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation representative to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Dr Godrey Xuereb, said this has occurred in only two decades. Xuereb was speaking during the opening ceremony of the two-day Joint World Paediatric ...

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Routine maintenance and clean-up of Castries-Gros Islet Highway to begin Feb. 10

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy is embarking on the routine maintenance and clean-up of the Castries-Gros Islet Highway between the Vigie and Choc roundabouts from Sunday, February 10 to Monday, February 18, 2019. This entails the cleaning of the median barriers/bollards and painting of the traffic islands and roundabouts’ kerbs. The cleaning of the median ...

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